Studies have shown over and over again that the 3.4 million dog owners have greater health benefits than those who do not own a Dog. Research published in Scientific Reports is convincing enough to make people head to the shelter to rescue a dog that will end up rescuing them in the long run. There are at least ten reasons why owning a dog is good for your health.

1. A great companion

A dog usually provides joy for everyone in the house. The pet is a great companion for children, older people, and especially for those who live alone. A canine in the house provides therapy for anyone who is sick.

2. Man's best friend

There is a reason behind the saying that a dog is man's best friend. A man and others in the house can depend on their dog to comfort them after a stressful day at work or school. Their dog welcomes them home, jumps up on them, licks their face, and makes them forget about the bad day they had.

3. Better heart health

dog owners have a 33 percent reduced risk of death and an 11 percent reduced risk of heart disease, according to a study conducted at Uppsala University in Sweden with both men and women between the ages of 40 to 80. It was discovered that registered dog owners had no history of heart disease.

4. Staying active

People who own a dog are forced to stay active. Not only is activity good for the dog, it is also good for the owner. Veterinarians recommend that owners walk their Dogs and play with them outside. People who don't have a dog can talk themselves out of walking when they don't feel up to it. Even on rainy days, a dog owner gets exercise along with his pet.

5. Improves social life

Dogs help their owners have a better social life. While out for a walk, owners are going to meet and become friends with other owners. There is a common theme in movies and television shows where men and women meet and fall in love after their dogs start to like each other.

6. Eliminates stress

People who own dogs tend to be less stressful.

Spending time with their canine, owners develop a lower blood pressure level. Playing with a dog for only a few minutes will increase the level of serotonin and dopamine, which keeps people calm.

7. Prevent allergies

Dogs help children develop a stronger immune system, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Doctors often attribute the reduction of allergies in children to having a dog in the house.

8. Reduces doctor visits

People who own a dog save money on doctor visits and medicine. They go to the doctors about 30 percent less often than people who don’t have pets.

Dog owners also have fewer doctor visits than those who own cats, birds, goldfish, or something else.

9. Detects illnesses

It has been proven many times that dogs can detect illnesses and diseases in their owners. "90210" star Shannen Doherty says her dog, Bowie, knew she had breast cancer before it was confirmed by her doctor.

10. Gives purpose

Having a dog around gives older people something to do after they retire. They are responsible for feeding and bathing their pet. Those chores give them purpose and add meaning to their lives.